Phil Ivey Makes 2019 WSOP Debut at Stacked Table in Event #18: $10K Omaha Hi-Lo

Phil Ivey

Phil Ivey is in the house!

The 10-time bracelet winner made his 2019 World Series of Poker (WSOP) debut when he late registered on Day 2 of Event #18: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship. Coincidentally, the only man with more bracelets than Ivey is also at the table as Phil Hellmuth is seated two to his right.

Hellmuth isn’t the only competition at Table 434, which is chock full of accomplished players.

Here’s a look at the current lineup:

The Stacked Table 434 Lineup

RoomTableSeatPlayerBraceletsTournament Earnings
Amazon4341Matt Woodward0$2,400,859
Amazon4342Dylan Linde0$3,881,469
Amazon4343Shannon Shorr0$7,763,690
Amazon4344Mike Wattel2$2,951,810
Amazon4345John Racener1$10,081,981
Amazon4346Andrey Zaichenko1$3,317,680
Amazon4347Phil Hellmuth15$22,872,850
Amazon4348Jeremy Heartberg0$68,037
Amazon4349Phil Ivey10$26,267,283

Between the nine players currently seated, 29 WSOP old bracelets are represented and together the players have a combined $79,605,659 in tournament winnings.

Here are some facts and figures concerning the other players at Table 434 not named Phil:

  • Matt Woodward – finished runner-up to Pieter de Korver in the 2009 EPT Monte Carle Grand Final for $3,024,167.
  • Dylan Linde – Second on Idaho’s all-time money list, Linde he won the World Poker Tour Five Diamond World Poker Classic back in December for $1,631,468. In 2016, he also took down the WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Hammond Main Event for $348,269 and a gold ring.
  • Shannon Shorr – On Thursday, Shorr finished runner-up in the 2019 WSOP Event #11: $5,000 NLH for $273,416. With 80 WSOP cashes totaling nearly $2.4 million, Shorr is considered among the “Best Without a Bracelet.”
  • Mike Wattel – With a poker résumé dating back to 1994, Wattel is a veteran of the game. He won his first bracelet back in 1999 when he took down Event #15: $1,500 Limit Omaha Hi-Lo, and he followed it up with a second two years ago when he won Event #72: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship.
  • John Racener – Perhaps best known for finishing runner-up to Jonathan Duhamel in the 2010 WSOP Main Event, Racener has went on to become one of the most accomplished players in the game. In 2017, he nabbed a bracelet after winning Event #17: $10,000 Dealers Choice 6-Handed Championship.
  • Andrey Zaichenko – The Russian graduate from Moscow State University, Zaichenko is a fierce competitor well versed in all forms of poker. In 2016, he won a gold bracelet in Event #34: $1,500 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw.
  • Jeremy Heartberg – Hailing from Webster, New York, Heartberg’s best live cash was for $14,388 after he placed 11th in the 2011 WSOP $3,000 Limit Hold’em event.
10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better
The stacked Table 434.

Heartberg Stuck in the Middle with Phils

Everyone at Table 434 was a poker millionaire with one exception – Jeremy Heartberg – who was smack dab in between to Poker Hall of Famers. With just $68,037 in live tournament earnings, Heartberg found himself in the lion’s den, a fact not lost on him.

Ivey’s appearance at the WSOP understandably attracted the attention of poker media, something Heartberg had a little fun with.

Unfortunately for Heartberg the two Phils got the better of him in the end.

PokerNews spoke with Heartberg on the tournament break to get his thoughts at playing with so many legends of the game.

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